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Wildlife, ecotourism industry at stake in Madagascar's election
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 18 December 2018 (Mongabay) - Madagascar’s election on Wednesday could have major implications for the future of the island’s environment and wildlife - and by extension, its rising ecotourism sector - says a prominent conservation scientist.



Great Barrier Reef's secret climate change weapon is seagrass
SYDNEY, Australia, 18 December 2018 (Gizmodo) - Tourists frequently flock to Lizard Island, off the northeastern coast of Australia, to marvel the Great Barrier Reef. Among the dugongs, sea turtles, and jewel-toned corals, though, there’s another organism that doesn’t get nearly as much credit as it deserves: seagrass.



A blueprint for blue waters
SINGAPORE, 18 December 2018 (Asian Scientist) - Singapore may be known as a concrete jungle, but a group of marine scientists wants to draw attention to the blue waters surrounding the ‘little red dot’.



CSEF VI highlights transformative role clean energy can play
PLACENCIA, Belize, 17 December 2018 (Caribbean News Now) - Clean energy in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has to be further developed to play a transformative role in economic development, poverty alleviation, and building resilience to deal with climate change.



UCLA students aim to help island nations
LOS ANGELES, US, 17 December 2018 (UCLA) - A new program called Blue Prosperity at UCLA aims to transform the relationship between marine conservation and island economies in ways that benefit all concerned.



Five things we've learnt from COP24
KATOWICE, Poland, 16 December 2018 (BBC) - Delegates to the UN climate conference in Poland have reached agreement on how to implement the 2015 Paris Climate Accord, which comes into force in 2020. What are the key points to come out of the meeting?



COP24 Climate change deal to bring pact to life
KATOWICE, Poland, 16 December 2018 (BBC) - Negotiators in Poland have finally secured agreement on a range of measures that will make the Paris climate pact operational in 2020.



Sri Lanka's disputed PM resigns amid crisis
LONDON, UK, 15 December 2018 (BBC) - Mahinda Rajapaksa has resigned as Sri Lanka's prime minister, seven weeks after he was appointed in a surprise move that sparked a political crisis.